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What’s hot? Pilcrow & Dagger is! And we are ready to inform and entertain you. Our goal is to provide writers, and readers, entertainment and a break from “the block,” allowing your muse to reignite.

The Pilcrow & Dagger Literary Journal features original and creative short stories, essays, and poetry from writers from all walks-of-life. 

We publish 8 issues per year with our first issue premiering January 15, 2015. It is available here on our website as a PDF.  It is also available for download through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Submissions for the July 2017 issue are now closed!

We are now accepting submissions for our August/September 2017 issue! The theme for this issue is “That’s Gonna Leave A Mark”Ever build a ramp as a kid? Or as an adult? Ever stubbed your toe, twisted an ankle, broken your arm? What crazy ill-advised stunts or actions have you done? Did it hurt? Be honest, there was alcohol involved, wasn’t there? What about the “marks” that don’t show? A broken heart? Spicy food? Bad financial decision? What left a “mark” on you? What “marks” have you left? The deadline for this issue is July 16, 2017.

If you have a photo or original piece of art you’d like to submit with your story, poem or essay, we accept those too. Digital format please. Sending us the original is appreciated but we cannot return them.

Please check our submission guidelines for more details.

If your work is selected for publication we will contact you 2-4 weeks prior to the publication date.

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